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Enjoying the sunshine

By Batty1944
I was on holiday in Grenada and met this resident in the rain forest there and he was so much fun it helped to make the holiday

Tags: Humourandfun Humour and fun

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mhfore 9 6 176 England
4 Apr 2012 1:59PM
Hi Jean,

A good capture and record of your trip to Grenada, this chap certainly looks like he was up for a laugh Wink

Jean I think this could work quite well in a portrait style by cropping the right hand side, which I've done in the mod. The image looks a little soft to my eye's so I have used the "unsharp mask" in elements but I must admit at times i'm a little over zealous with the slider. I've also made a few tone adjustments to try and bring out more of his face.

A godd first shot in your pf, well done.

Take care


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LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2012 2:52PM
What a delightful character you have captured here. I have uploaded a mod that shows a suggestion for another image from this.
4 Apr 2012 3:41PM
Thanks Martin and Lynne for your comments. I am afraid Martin that I am slightly bemused by your use of certain words like 'mod' and 'unsharp mask' as do not have the program you call elements so cannot visualise what you are talking about I am afraid. Sorry. I left the right hand side of the photo in as wanted to keep the cultural side of this photo e.g. the poor area in. However, I appreciate your comments for future reference. thanks
Trev_B 9 151 68 England
4 Apr 2012 4:19PM
Hi Jean, A nice happy smile from your local character.

First the software that martin is referring to is Photoshop Elements and unsharp mask is one of the tools in the program which help with getting images sharp and to appear more in focus. The word Mod used here is simply an abbreviation of modification.

The first thing I notice in your image is it is not straight, look at the top of the waterfall and the veranda rails they slope down to the left. The image needs to be more colourful and have more contrast, by more contrast I mean loose the appearance of the white haze. And finally I know you want to keep the right hand in but I do not feel that it reflects the culture of the country, so I have cropped it slightly.

Just bear in mind for the future if you want to include that side then have the subject looking towards that side of the frame. Had you done that in this case however it could have resulted in the left hand being cropped and then you would have lost the building and hence the culture.

I hope these points help, it may seem bemusing at first but it's surprising how quick you will pick the basics up.

Well done, an interesting first upload.

4 Apr 2012 4:37PM
Thanks for explanations and comments Trev, I just use Picassa but may experiment now.
Trev_B 9 151 68 England
4 Apr 2012 5:46PM
Jean, as you are relatively new to the site, I don't know if you are aware of the three Modifications that have been made to your image.

To see them click on the Modifications tab two rows beneath your photograph. and next to the EXIF tab.

banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3529 Canada
4 Apr 2012 8:42PM
Welcome to Ephotozine Jean, - hope you enjoy the site, and use the tips and suggestion to improve over time.

As a new member, - Trev_B has let you know where to find the modifications, and theres a few more pointers. If you like any feedback, you can click the "Like" link at the side os each comment; if you regard the feedback as especially helpful, and one that you could say would improve your skill with the camera, and also with post processing, then you can also click the small "Nimonate as Constructive Critique" link at the bottom of the page. The submissions are reviewed by the Critique team, and can be approved or denied. Approvals are added to a members Constructive Critique Poiints total. When you are used to the site, your own critique or feedback on others can also earn you points.

The feedback so far, and the mods essentially are similar, and advise a portrait style shot, - which can look better.

One additional point for a shot like this is NOT to shoot down at the subject, rather get down to the same level, - you will get better shots in general.

Your mod and sharpening questions have been answered above. The vast majority of members use some variations of Photoshop, so the feedback tends to make that assumption, so it might be a good idea to mention you use Picasa.

Picasa does have the ability to sharpen, and theres a tip, that after you re size you image, save it, then open it, and look at it for sharpness; if its not sharp ( re sizing loses sharpness), then apply a little more, then save, then upload.

There are a few other free packages you should try out, Pixlr, and Irfanview, both have some more horsepower than Picasa.

Ive also uploaded a mod using a square crop, and a simple border. The image is in face quite sharp, however, the mans face is in shadow, so his features are soft. With a shot like this, with a subjects face in shadow, force your flash to on for a better result.

Enjoy the site,


5 Apr 2012 9:31AM
Thanks to everyone to date who have sent me useful critique of my photo I will play around with the image.

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